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Still in pain two years after filling

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Posted by: whitedog  (9 years ago)
Hi all,

Two years ago, I got a filling on tooth #4. Later that night I woke up in shooting stabbing pains in the filled tooth. I went to the dentist the next day and he made some adjustments. After a week, I was still in pain. I went back to the dentist; he filed my tooth down but the pain did not go away. I’ve seen different dentists; all of them said my tooth is fine and nothing showed on the x-ray. I have taken antibiotics and tried different painkillers to no avail. I got tired and had decided to just live with the pain.

It’s been two years since this problem started and the pain is still there. Two weeks ago, I started getting pain on the tooth beside the filled tooth. Does this mean the pain or infection have spread to another tooth? What do you think is the reason for the pain? Is it permanent? Any advice would be great. Thanks.
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Posted by: mdhola  (9 years ago)
Hi all,

Two years ago, I got a filling on tooth #4. Later that night I woke up in shooting stabbing pains in the filled tooth. I went to the dentist the next day and he made some adjustments. After a week, I was still in pain. I went back to the dentist; he filed my tooth down but the pain did not go away. I’ve seen different dentists; all of them said my tooth is fine and nothing showed on the x-ray. I have taken antibiotics and tried different painkillers to no avail. I got tired and had decided to just live with the pain.

It’s been two years since this problem started and the pain is still there. Two weeks ago, I started getting pain on the tooth beside the filled tooth. Does this mean the pain or infection have spread to another tooth? What do you think is the reason for the pain? Is it permanent? Any advice would be great. Thanks.


I would advise to get second opinion from specialist or other experienced dentist. Pain should not be there especially after such a long time. It is almost impossible to say reason behind your pain without having examined clinically and radiographically. it could be anything from leaking restoration, high filling, to abscess in bone!
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Hi all,

Two years ago, I got a filling on tooth #4. Later that night I woke up in shooting stabbing pains in the filled tooth. I went to the dentist the next day and he made some adjustments. After a week, I was still in pain. I went back to the dentist; he filed my tooth down but the pain did not go away. I’ve seen different dentists; all of them said my tooth is fine and nothing showed on the x-ray. I have taken antibiotics and tried different painkillers to no avail. I got tired and had decided to just live with the pain.

It’s been two years since this problem started and the pain is still there. Two weeks ago, I started getting pain on the tooth beside the filled tooth. Does this mean the pain or infection have spread to another tooth? What do you think is the reason for the pain? Is it permanent? Any advice would be great. Thanks.


Sometimes the pulp is inflamed and will not heal. Eventually it degenerates and forms an abscess. This may be the stage you are in now. Diagnoses like these can be very difficult. However, the ultimate test is to inject anesthetic over only the root of this one tooth. If the pain goes away, BINGO. You know which tooth it is. You can try sealing it, but probably after this much time, a root canal will be necessary.

It has been my experience that for whatever resin, pulp deaths in back teeth are much more common with white resin fillings than with amalgam or gold.

Kim Henry, D.M.D.
Posted 9 years ago
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